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Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Catholicism in the Philippines

“…500 years have passed since the Christian message first arrived in the Philippines. You received the joy of the Gospel... And this joy is evident in your people … We see it in your eyes, on your faces, in your songs and in your prayers. In the joy with which you bring your faith to other lands …”

~ Pope Francis said in his homily of the Mass at the Vatican on March 14, formally opening the yearlong celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of Catholicism’s arrival in the Philippines.

A country of 7,641 islands at the sea of southeast Asia with a population of 109 million, of which more than 10 million are migrants living in almost 100 countries across the world.

Why the Pope calls Filipinos “smugglers of faith”? What makes the local Church so unique?

What is the Catholic population in the country? How many dioceses, bishops are there?

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Diocese of Shamshabad

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Diocese of Shamshabad
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The territory of the eparchy is vast: it includes the entire country of India not already included in existing eparchies. The pastoral life of the territory is already quite organised due to the efforts of Msgr. Raphael Thattil, the first bishop of Shamshabad. The Syro-Malabar communities are formed in their own traditions, especially with regard to the liturgy and catechesis. There are 88 priests working, both eparchial and religious.

The See of Shamshabad is located 50 km from Hyderabad, in the state of Telangana.

The eparchy of Shamshabad is under the patronage of Saint Thomas the Apostle and Saint John Paul II.

History

Shamshabad is located at 17.2603°N 78.3969°E. It has an average elevation of 574 metres (1,886 ft).  

Transportation

Shamshabad boasts the brand-new Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, which commenced operations on March 23, 2008. Many projects of Telangana Govt. are coming in and around Shamshabad Airport, including Fab City, Nano Tech Park, Hardware Park, and Textile Park. The airport is connected to Hitech City by the Outer Ring Road which makes it very convenient to international visitors visiting the Hitech city.

Geography

Shamshabad is located at 17.2603°N 78.3969°E. It has an average elevation of 574 metres (1,886 ft).        

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